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San Francisco Car Rentals & Travel Guide

Home of vintage trolley cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and space-age startups, San Francisco is sprinkled generously with icons of Northern California’s enchanting past and aspiring present. Although the Golden City is a rather compact coastal destination, it’s rich with history, art, and an array of international cuisine. Plus, it’s located within a short drive of several gorgeous beaches and tranquil valleys, so car rentals in San Francisco are the best way to make the most of your next excursion.

Where to Stay in the City by the Bay

While you’re browsing rental car deals in San Francisco, don’t forget to book a rejuvenating place to stay along the way. Consider these guest favorites as you plan:

  • Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel : From this central location, everything is within your grasp. You’ll be within walking distance of Union Square and the historic Warfield Theater, as well as a short drive to the Cable Car Museum and the waterfront. When you arrive, let the valet take care of your wheels while you relax in the glamor of this art deco hotel.
  • Hotel Whitcomb: Built in 1910, this landmark accommodation ushers you back to the Victorian era, but with all the modern amenities you need for a fabulous getaway, including a 24-hour fitness center, in-room entertainment systems, and a restaurant and bar. The parking valets will keep an eye on your vehicle while you visit the nearby Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and other downtown venues.
  • Hotel Nikko San Francisco: The Hotel Nikko is the epitome of contemporary glamor, from the convenient valet parking to the gorgeous glass sculptures in the lobby. Traveling for business? There’s plenty of event space where you can mingle and impress clients, and the 24-hour business center helps you mix work and leisure seamlessly.
  • Stanford Court San Francisco: Located in vintage Nob Hill, this boutique hotel keeps good company with area’s Victorian townhomes and charming cafes. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway or some solo R&R. After exploring Grace Cathedral and several art galleries, tuck into a pillowtop bed and look out over the city below.

Beachy Road Trips on the West Coast

When you touch down at San Francisco International Airport, you’ll be about 13 miles away from the city center. The city itself has reliable public transport, but to explore the Pacific Coast in all its glory, rent a car in San Francisco and hit the highway. When you’re ready to escape the busy city to watch the tide crash into secluded cliffs and golden sand, drive just 29 miles southwest of downtown SF to Half Moon Bay—browse our selection of adventure-ready San Francisco rental cars and add some surfing to your itinerary.

Land-lubbers and wine-lovers may opt for a northbound drive to Sonoma, a charming city surrounded by vineyards, a mere 40 miles north of the city. But before you roll out, remember, the absolute must-see attraction in San Francisco is, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, which can be accessed via Highway 101.

You’ll soon feel the mist of the Bay Area dance across your face as you drive one of our San Francisco car rentals around town, leaving pieces of your heart behind. There’s much to see, savor, and celebrate in Fog City, so Travelocity makes it easy to find and book cheap rental cars in San Francisco with our extensive inventory and a price-matching guarantee.

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